This is one amazing storm! Yesterday, I took dawn photos showing a pellucid, pearly sky. Today, it was a total pink-out. This storm dwarfs Irene which dumped tons of water on the upstate lands which caused huge floods, the worst in 100 years. What will this hurricane bring us? We can’t tell, yet.
This graphic shows the tropical wind from this storm which is quite wide. It will extend all the way into Canada. We have a 70% chance of high winds and already, they are happening here. Lots of sudden gusts.
We can see from the rain that this storm’s main fury is very concentrated at the center right offshore of New Jersey. The backlash where the hurricane has melded with a winter storm means maybe up to 3 feet of snow in the Appalachian mountains.
My son-n-law is working with fellow residents in their building in the NY harbor to move things to a secure, central part of the structure. Things are rapidly deteriorating there. The Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan is already underwater. Boardwalks, some of which have been around since the Victorian era, are being washed away.
The ship used in Mutiny of the Bounty was, for some bizarre reason, sailing about the vortex of this monster storm and was finally abandoned in the high seas where waves are now over 24 feet. An 11 foot storm surge is expected in the NYC bays, harbors and shorelines which is why there has been a mandatory evacuation there.
Seems harsh but when people refuse to leave, they create a hazard for rescuers who have to risk their lives to save people who think ‘These people are stupid, why do I have to listen to them?’ Which is how bankers think, actually. People refuse to heed historical warnings such as ‘Only a demented fool invades Afghanistan.’
Being the proactive sort, I have been running here and there and everywhere, pushing my winterizing work slightly ahead of schedule. I also had to do emergency shopping in Vermont since most NY stores are being stripped by shoppers. The closer to the Atlantic Ocean, the emptier the stores. I shopped in Vermont and they told me that they had double the customers.
While driving over the mountains to Vermont, and forgetting my camera, I say an awesome, huge rainbow. It was very fuzzy and wide due to the very fine moisture that was like a sunny fog and then a strong gust of wind buffeted us and the rainbow vanished and we have increasing rains since then. Driving upstate NY is increasingly challenging due to the sudden buffets of wind.
As I was tying down tarps outside, a big blast blew through the forest at the higher elevation above me and some trees made loud cracking sounds. The Chickadees are the world’s bravest, tiny birds and I can see them and the pine siskins at the feeder, darting in and out, wet feathers and all.
Here is another weather map that is interesting: Intellicast – Current Surface Analysis in United States
This hurricane has stopped a fall cold front. It is now stationary and the cold front has become wrapped around the spool of the vortex of Sandy. We can see from the blue on the map that snow is already pounding West Virginia and Virginia all the way to the border of North Carolina. I am assuming this hurricane will cartwheel into my direction in the next two days!
As we endure yet another Halloween Hurricane, here is a screen shot of the quaking and shaking in LA and neighboring communities:
It is definitely going to blow rather sooner than later. Unlike hurricanes which we can see and do sane things to protect ourselves including the very important thing, fleeing for your life, doesn’t happen with earthquakes. All flight is after the destruction. And there is zero warning for the exact time of a strike.
The arrest and conviction of scientists in Italy who didn’t totally accurately predict a quake is insane, a monstrosity and note, please, it happened near the Vatican in a country that gives the Catholic Church huge power over society. Note, also, that God who supposedly runs things there, isn’t blamed. Nor are his priests who gave no warnings, either. No, they punish scientists just like the did to astronomers 500 years ago, burn them all at the stake.
When the governors of the Atlantic states that are being ravaged by Sandy predicted things would be very bad, they did this to protect people. True, Wall Street had to close down and people aren’t making money flipping stocks between mega-computers. But money is nothing compared to life. Living is all. If you die, your gold, stocks, bonds and property are worthless to you.
Preserving life is important. The California politicians are saying virtually nothing due to being unpopular if one mentions that all of the LA basin will be cut off from all water, electricity and much of the food delivery systems, etc, for an extended time if there is a huge San Andreas event. Instead, it is all about dreaming about warm sun and happy times. At least we, on the East Coast can see the storm clouds and do whatever can be done.
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